MONDAY, 5/1/2023

ASTROLOGICAL SNAPSHOT

It is the 121st day of 2023
51 days until the Summer Solstice
Mercury is Retrograde in Taurus
244 days until 2024

Sun is in Taurus
Moon is in Virgo
Mercury is Rx in Taurus
Venus is in Gemini
Mars is in Cancer
Jupiter is in Aries
Saturn is in Pisces
Uranus is in Taurus
Neptune is in Pisces
Pluto is in Aquarius
Chiron is in Aries
Ceres is Rx in Virgo
Node is in Taurus
Lilith is Rx in Leo

Fortune is in Virgo
Ascendant is in Taurus
Midheaven is in Capricorn


MERCURY RETROGRADE IN TAURUS

April 21, 2023, to May 14, 2023
from 15º to 5º Taurus

Mercury goes Retrograde in Taurus from April 21 to May 14, 2023. This is the second of three Mercury Retrograde cycles of 2023 occurring solely in Earth signs. Mercury’s retracing of Earth sign themes this year asks us to reflect on just how impactful words or communication can be.  Additionally, it asks us to reexamine the tangible effect of our systems of organization and our thinking upon our lives.

To put it another way, Mercury’s earth sign tour teaches us that our cerebral lives can affect the real, material parts of our lives. In Taurus, we specifically consider our finances, our sense of stability, our bodies, and our value system.

When Mercury is retrograde in Taurus, we rethink our sense of security and all that contributes to it. Obviously, this includes the material realm of our personal belongings, assets, our financial situations, and our food, shelter, and bodies.

Mercury retrograde periods mark times when we review and rework the area of our chart that he is traveling through. You may find yourself creating new budgets, going over expenses, and considering what needs to be changed. You may consider what has and what hasn’t been working in your diet and your spending.

Venus-Ruled Taurus wants to feel good in its own skin. On a deeper level, Taurus rules our self-esteem, our self-sufficiency, and our value systems. That’s because self-esteem is derived from feeling like we can take care of ourselves and know what is important to us. Values may be theoretical (Air), but they have a very real impact on your material choices (Earth). In fact, values are the cutting edge of what we materialize and what we give energy to.

Our sense of what is important may be in flux at this time. It can be difficult to know what to put our energy into, what to invest in, and what to allow into our world. We may feel vaguely insecure in the very essence of who we are. As long as Mercury is retrograde, we are plunged into an introspective period with regard to our values. So, we may need to wait until Mercury is direct again for any uncertainty to clear. At this point, confidence in ourselves can be re-established.  



DAILY SPIRIT ANIMAL
ANT SPIRIT

Need a little help with organization? Trying to build a sense of community? Ant, as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal, can help! Ant teaches you to prepare and endure through the labor ahead! Delve deeply into Ant symbolism and meaning to find out how this Animal Spirit can encourage, educate, and enlighten you!

Ants live in nearly every corner of the Earth. In many regions, they represent willpower, diligence, patience, tenacity, endurance, fidelity, cooperation, truthfulness, and power. Ants in nature have amazing strength considering their very small size. In fact, they can carry over 20 times their own weight. That means a 200-pound person with an Ant’s strength could lift a ton!

Ants hear by having sensitivity to vibrations. They teach us to keep our instincts keen. They also leave an aromatic trail wherever they go, which helps them find their way home. In this, Ant Spirit is a trailblazer and guide.

In the Philippines, Ants coming into the house bring prosperity with their arrival. The Bible depicts Ant as a harmonious creature who works collectively with others. Islamic traditions say the Ant taught Solomon the ways of wisdom, and in India, treating an Ant with kindness ensures prosperity. Leaving a bit of sugar near an anthill is an act of charity that attracts luck.

There are numerous superstitions about Ants in the United States. If an Ant bites you, it means an argument is about to erupt. Ants nesting near the home is good luck. Ants that appear to run from you means someone is gossiping about you. Ants moving East to West meant the harvest was ready. Those moving West to East portend rain.

Red Ants crossing your path is a sign of danger. Ants moving in a row under a door indicates lies. An Ant stepped on is very bad luck and may lead to all manner of sorrow.

Key characteristics associated with Ant include unity, stamina, forbearance, duty, honor, preparation, organization, diligence, focus, and hard work.

When Ant Spirit marches into your life, It brings a message of patience. Whatever is going on right now, you cannot be so impetuous. By pacing yourself, the end result will be far more rewarding. Slow down, don’t rush, work carefully.

Ant Spirit also encourages self-confidence. There are special moments when you need to wrap your strength around your waist and simply trust. Work with other people who share your focus and goals. Know your skills and apply them within that group harmoniously: Teamwork matters.

Encountering Ant Spirit may mean you really must focus on teamwork to achieve something. Be it co-workers, peers, or family, moving as one mind is the key here. Each person in this unit is an integral part of the puzzle you are trying to complete.

In some instances, the Ant Spirit Animal speaks of a life-changing opportunity. At first, it may seem overwhelming, but it will bring you good fortune in the end. Generally, this opening has something to do with community efforts. Keep this chance in smart balance with your home life and watch what wonders come.

When Ant Spirit bites you, it represents a call to action. Your family, tribe or community needs your help. Pay attention.


DAILY ORACLE CARD
THE CHARIOT

Use your powers of freedom and flexibility to drive your future. You may be asked to live out of a suitcase and consider every place your home for a while. Be receptive to new people who come into your life. Most especially, become more fluid and taste the joys of freedom. The Charioteer is nothing if not self-sufficient. Be prepared and self-contained for the changes that will sweep in and carry you with them.

The Chariot tarot card is all about overcoming challenges and gaining victory through maintaining control of your surroundings. This perfect control and confidence allows the charioteer to emerge victorious in any situation. The use of strength and willpower are critical in ensuring that you overcome the obstacles that lie in your path. The Chariot’s message comes to make you stronger as you strive to achieve your goals.

The key message that he brings to you is that you must maintain focus, confidence, and determination through a process that will be full of winding turns and detours. If you have a plan or a project that you seem not to be sure about, the Chariot shows that you should pursue the plan with a structured and ordered approach. Your boldness will ensure that you achieve all that you should in this goal.

The Chariot shows that you should pursue the plan with a structured and ordered approach.

In the Chariot’s quest for his goal, he may display some behavior that he has never seen within himself before – competition and a desire to succeed has perhaps brought out a more aggressive part of his personality. Aggression is a natural part of human nature, and the Chariot reminds you that it can also be used to help you take charge of your situation, but also must be reined in so that it does not hinder your way forward. 


MAY 2023 LUNAR CALENDAR

FRIDAY, MAY 5TH: FULL FLOWER MOON IN SCORPIO Moon in Scorpio creates the need to delve into your feelings as deep as possible. You desire meaningful emotional exchanges now more than at any other time even if it is not easy and you are forced to change many things. Shallow relationships do not satisfy you, because they are not purifying enough.

FRIDAY, MAY 12: LAST QUARTER MOON IN AQUARIUS Your relationship with your emotions might be more complicated, because Moon in Aquarius has a strong need for emotional freedom. However, when you are in a group of people, it is easier for you to understand your feelings and free yourself from negative emotions such as fear, anger and jealousy.

FRIDAY, MAY 18: NEW MOON IN TAURUS Your safety depends on the need for stability, which is not easy to satisfy now. You have to learn to accept change as part of your life. The basic problem is finding your own self-respect in order to ensure that you do not mistakenly seek it in material things. When you accept yourself for who you are, it will become easier for you to find peace and tranquility in the outside world.

SATURDAY, MAY 27: FIRST QUARTER MOON IN VIRGO Your feeling of safety is now related to order and clarity, even in emotions. You may have the need to organise everything chaotic and disorganized. Try being more tolerant and accept imperfections of life. It is better to trust life and let it run its own way, not everything must be according to our expectations.


MAY 2023 ASTROLOGICAL CALENDAR

MAY 01 — PLUTO GOES RETROGRADE IN AQUARIUS

While Pluto is still in Aquarius for another month, this is a great time to reflect on what you’ve learned and experienced during its brief visit to the Water-Bearer. How can you prepare for the next decade ahead? 

MAY 01 — SUN IN TAURUS CONJUNCT MERCURY IN TAURUS

A great day to use logic to solve problems, especially in financial matters. Take your time to brainstorm in order to get the solutions your need. 

MAY 01 — JUNO ENTERS GEMINI

With the asteroid of marriage in witty Gemini, the next few weeks are great for having deep talks in your important relationships, as communication will be key to happiness. However, beware of being too flirty, as you may lead people on.

MAY 02 — PALLAS ENTERS LEO

Asteroid Pallas roars in the sign of the Lion for the next few weeks, giving us a boost of valor, courage, and strength to be the royalty of the jungle. However, beware that putting yourself in the spotlight could lead you to danger. Avoid drama when you can.

MAY 04 — VENUS IN GEMINI SQUARE NEPTUNE IN PISCES

A good day to set up strong emotional boundaries to keep manipulative people out of our lives as we focus on cultivating good vibes. 

MAY 04 — VENUS IN GEMINI SEXTILE JUPITER IN ARIES

While this is a great day to have fun and take risks, don’t forget about your limits. Remember that you don’t have to open your heart to everyone. 

MAY 05 — FULL MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE IN SCORPIO

This volatile eclipse in mysterious Scorpio can make even the gentlest sign vicious right now. The energies are unpredictable, making us all a little edgy and paranoid. Don’t jump to any conclusion, as conflict is easy to start but difficult to finish. 

MAY 06 — CERES GOES DIRECT IN VIRGO

With Ceres finally moving forward again, this is a great time to take care of ourselves for the next few weeks—especially our bodies. It’s a good time to take care of our health, start routines, and feel a little more productive.

MAY 07 — VENUS ENTERS CANCER

Get ready for waves of emotions when the planet of love enters nurturing Cancer, which can make us both sweet and a little crabby. While we are very protective of our hearts and loved ones right now, we are also very tender.

MAY 09 — SUN IN TAURUS CONJUNCT URANUS IN TAURUS

After a few tense weeks, we’re ready to start thinking logically again this week. Now is the time to trust our thinking and know that we can creatively solve any problem that comes our way.

MAY 12 — MERCURY IN TAURUS SEXTILE SATURN IN PISCES

Even with Mercury being currently in retrograde, this is still a great aspect for business dealings, signing contracts, and catching up on important paperwork. Just remember to use common sense. 

MAY 12 — VENUS IN CANCER TRINE SATURN IN PISCES

A romantic aspect that allows us to dream and plan a future with our partners. Important relationships finally find solid ground.

MAY 15 — MARS IN CANCER TRINE NEPTUNE IN PISCES

Break out the Tarot cards, as this mystical aspect allows us all to embrace our spiritual side. A great day for divination, spiritual practices, and connecting with the overall universal vibe and your higher power.

MAY 16 — JUPITER ENTERS TAURUS

After the urgency of Aries, Jupiter slows down in grounded Taurus as we spend the next year learning to enjoy the ride of life. Over the next few months, we are here to appreciate the small sensual pleasures of life. Remember, it’s the journey, not the destination that matters. 

MAY 17 — JUPITER IN TAURUS SQUARE PLUTO IN AQUARIUS

This tense aspect can lead to a stand-off as people stubbornly stick with their convictions. There’s no point in trying to change minds when everyone thinks that they’re right.

MAY 18 — MERCURY IN TAURUS SEXTILE SATURN IN PISCES

Now that we’re finally out of Mercury retrograde, we can start wheeling and dealing as we can make the best decisions in business, finances, and our dreams. Use logic and keep a clear head today.

MAY 19 — NEW MOON IN TAURUS

Career ambitions are at an all-time high during this full moon as we’re all encouraged to make plans that will help us in the long run. Plant the seeds from business goals to romance, and watch them grow throughout the lunar cycle. Nurture them well.

MAY 20 — MARS ENTERS LEO

Summer starts a little early as Mars in Leo brings the heat over the next several weeks. With the planet of drive in the bold Lion, our actions become glamorous, generous, and pretty dramatic. A word of advice: don’t start fights you can’t finish. 

MAY 20 — MARS IN LEO OPPOSITION PLUTO IN AQUARIUS

This moody aspect may make it hard for everyone to get along today. Avoid the crowds and do your own thing. 

MAY 21 — SUN ENTERS GEMINI

We’re all given the gift of gab over the next four weeks, when the sun shines in the sign of the Twins. As we transition from spring to summer, this is an ideal time to learn to adapt to new situations, ask plenty of questions, and finally make a decision!

MAY 21 — SUN IN GEMINI TRINE PLUTO IN AQUARIUS

This is a good connection to do some research, as we’ll be struck by questions that could keep us up at night. This aspect brings out our inner detective to investigate the truth of deeper issues.

MAY 21 — SUN IN GEMINI SEXTILE MARS IN LEO

This aspect gives a major boost of self-confidence, as we feel we are the star of the show. However, be careful not to be so competitive, as it can drive us to bite off more than we can chew. 

MAY 22 — MARS IN LEO SQUARES JUPITER IN TAURUS

Fights start easily during this stubborn aspect as everyone believes they are right. Old grudges can come back to the surface, too. Don’t engage with people who just want to cause problems on purpose.

MAY 26 — VENUS IN CANCER SEXTILE URANUS IN TAURUS

A great aspect for success in both love and money as you make your home a safe haven for your loved ones. 

MAY 28 — SUN IN GEMINI SQUARE SATURN IN PISCES

This lazy aspect won’t keep you busy with work but will allow you to have fun with your friends or get lost in a good book. 

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